New pending patent applications are published on Thursdays. Today's Spotlight Applications continue the theme of blockchain (distributed ledger, smart contracts) and digital rights management broadly construed. Assigned to Labyrinth Research, the first application discloses techniques for unified control of privacy-impacting devices. Assigned to Comcast, the second application discloses techniques for managing digital rights.
20190036887, "Unified control of privacy-impacting devices," assigned to Labyrinth Research LLC.
Systems and techniques, including a privacy service, facilitate selecting, defining, controlling, verifying, and auditing privacy-impacting behaviors of devices in alignment with the privacy behavior expectations of individuals and other entities. Techniques and systems are presented to facilitate controlling and verifying the privacy behaviors of privacy-impacting devices. Techniques and systems for defining and sharing individualized privacy behavior preferences are described. Techniques and systems are disclosed for privacy preference resolution protocols that allow for the automated or interactive resolution of conflicts that arise between individuals in multi-actor environments or ambiguous contexts. Accountability and audit mechanisms assist in verifying the control state of devices with respect to their privacy behavior preference inputs. A trust-enhancing and technically transparent system architecture includes a distributed application network, distributed ledger technology, smart contracts, and/or blockchain technology.
20190028278,, "Systems and methods for managing digital rights," assigned to Comcast.
Systems and methods are described for managing digital rights. Methods may comprise causing an encrypted content asset to be stored at a storage location. The encrypted content asset at the storage location may be accessible by one or more user devices. A transaction may be generated and may comprise an identifier and a decryption key, wherein the decryption key is configured to decrypt at least a portion of the encrypted content asset. The transaction may be caused to be stored in a distributed database, wherein the distributed database is accessible by the one or more user devices using at least the identifier.